- YALSA’s Partnering to Increase Your Impact toolkit (2017) is full of tips and resources to help you form partnerships and obtain funding, including sample partnership letters.
- Although it was developed for the Department of Justice, the Collaboration Toolkit: How to Build, Fix, and Sustain Productive Partnerships (2001) contains information about building and maintaining relationships that works for any type of organization.
- The University of Kansas’ Community Tool Box contains a toolkit for Creating and Maintaining Partnerships, as well as extensive resources for Starting a Coalition in your community.
- The NISE Network’s Museum & Community Partnerships toolkit was developed for museums, but the tips on collaborations and partnerships between community organizations are useful for libraries as well.
- FSG has resources and a short video overview of Collective Impact.
- The Collective Impact Forum is a community of practice for collective impact; includes news, resources, and case studies.
- The Strive Partnership is an example of a collective impact program to improve education in the Cincinnati area.
Types of Partners
Informal Learning Institutions
- The Coalition to Advance Learning in Archives, Libraries and Museums has resources and advice for connecting informal learning institutions, including best practices in collaboration.
- The free member search of Association of Science-Technology Centers can help you identify potential partners in your area.
- Spanning Our Field Boundaries: Mindfully Managing LAM Collaborations contains great advice for collaborations.
- Learn about collaboration from the museum’s point of view with Museum & Community Partnerships: Collaboration Guide for Museums Working With Community Youth-Serving Organizations.
- A Guide to Building Partnerships Between Science Museums and University-Based Research Centers provides insight not only into partnering with universities, but also into partnerships from the perspective of science centers and museums.
- Find case studies of several partnerships between museums, libraries, and public broadcasters in Partnership for a Nation of Learners: Joining Forces, Creating Value.
Individuals, Businesses, and Community Groups
- “Sponsorship 101: How Partnerships can Expand Summer Reading” by Steven Engelfried & Angela Reynolds. American Libraries, 2002(February), pp. 49–50.
- “Partnerships for Teen Tech Week” by Stephanie Iser. Young Adult Library Services, 2008(Winter), p. 24. -“Beyond Public Exhibits to Partnerships” by Norman Morton. American Libraries 2005(November), pp. 42–45.</li>
- A Guide to Building Partnerships Between Science Museums and University-Based Research Centers, by Carol Lynn Alpert, 2013.
- Beyond Books: Restorative Librarianship in Juvenile Detention by Isaac Gilman, 2008. In Public Libraries, 47(1).
- Partnering with Jails to Improve Reentry: A Guidebook for Community-Based Organizations. Urban Institute, 2010.
- Children in Crisis Immigration Toolkit for Libraries. REFORMA, 2016. Advice on serving immigrant youth, including tips for partnerships with organizations that serve them.
- "It’s All About the kids: Presenting Options and Opening Doors," by Joni Richards Bodart. In Young Adult Library Services, 2008(Fall), 35–45. Amy Cheney discusses her work with incarcerated teens in a juvenile detention center’s library.
- "Connecting With Immigrant and Refugee Youth in Your Library," by Ady Huertas and Patrick Sullivan, 2016. Discusses the San Diego Public Library’s partnership with a shelter for unaccompanied immigrant minors. Webinar, requires YALSA Membership.
- "It’s Fun to Partner With Y-M-C-A!" by Frederick Riley, 2014. Webinar, requires YALSA Membership.
- Library Partnerships: Making Connections Between School and Public Libraries by Tasha Squires. Information Today, Inc., 2009.
- School/Public Library Cooperative Programs. Association for Library Service to Children.
- The Future of Library Services For and With Teens: A Call to Action. By Linda W. Braun, Maureen L. Hartman, Sandra Hughes-Hassell, Kafi Kumasi, and Beth Yoke. YALSA, 2014. Contains a review of the literature on public library and school library partnerships on pp. 48-49.
- Partnerships Beyond Four Walls by Ashley J. Cooksey, 2017.
- “Encouraging Community Service in the Public Library” by N. Mulder). Young Adult Library Services, 2011(Fall), 25–27.
- Community Collaborations: School and Public Library Partnerships [webinar] by Jenna Nemec-Loise, 2015). Discusses the challenges and opportunities of partnerships from the perspective of both school libraries and public libraries. Free to YALSA members.
- Collaboration toolkit: How to build, fix, and sustain productive partnerships, by Tammy A. Rinehart, Anna T. Laszlo, and Briscoe, G. O. (2001). This collaboration guide for community policing efforts includes a diagnostic worksheet designed to “unstick stuck groups” on page 40. [Note: Probably due to the U.S. federal government shutdown, this resources is temporarily (hopefully) unavailable as of Jan. 19, 2019.]
- How Can We Sustain Our Efforts? Sustainability Self-Assessment. Educational Development Center, 2013. A list of questions to ask about the sustainability of a project.